Earlier this week Google has released a new update to its video-calling app “Google Duo”, pushing the application up to version 5.0. According to a recent Tweet from Google Principal Engineer and technical lead for Duo, Justin Uberti, “user testing has shown great results” for the latest version of the app, and all the new additions are now available to the public.
In his Tweet, Justin Uberti also mentioned that Duo version 5.0 is rolling out “with major video quality improvements”, which should technically be the update’s highlight given the nature of the application. After all, Google Duo is the company’s response to Apple's FaceTime, bringing video calling to most Android OS (as well as iOS) users, or at least those whose smartphones operate under Android version 4.1 Jelly Bean and up (or iOS 9.0 and later, respectively). Aside from these major improvements to video quality, Google Duo version 5.0 also boasts a “simpler signup flow”, “seamless camera rotation”, improves performance, and also fixes certain bugs, specifically an issue that was causing the audio to drop for some Duo users. The latest version of Google Duo is being rolled-out on the Google Play Store, but as is usually the case with brand new app updates, Duo version 5.0 might not yet be available to everyone around the world. The update’s availability will continue to expand in new regions, so keep an eye on the app’s landing page on the Google Play Store in case you have not yet received the update.
Google Duo was initially unveiled at Google I/O earlier this year, and the application gained a lot of grip within the first few days of availability following its August debut. In less than 2 weeks of market availability, the Google Play Store registered more than 5 million Duo downloads, quickly pushing the app towards the top of the list of most popular applications in the ecosystem. Granted, the excitement revolving the app’s debut dissipated and the app’s popularity has dropped throughout the weeks that followed its initial release, but with new updates, additional features, and bug fixes, Google is likely to keep a large portion of Duo users invested in the product, and attract new users to give the app a try. If you find yourself in the latter category, feel free to click the Google Play Store banner below.